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Real earnings management, liquidity risk and REITs SEO dynamics

Deng, X. ORCID: and Ong, S. E. (2018) Real earnings management, liquidity risk and REITs SEO dynamics. The Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics, 56 (3). pp. 410-442. ISSN 1573-045X

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1007/s11146-017-9649-5


We analyze how REITs managers use real earnin gs management to address issues of liquidity risk and increased cost of capital they face during seasoned equity offerings. We show that REITs managers engage in real earnings management instead of accrual earnings management to attract more uninformed trading in order to provide the liquidity service at a lower cost during seasoned equity offerings. We find REITs with higher liquidity risk are more likely to manipulate earnings prior to equity offerings and uninformed trading is higher following real earnings management. Firms set the offer price at a smaller discount after engaging in real earnings management and stock returns decline in the long run. The findings are consistent with real option and liquidity risk explanations for equity offerings.

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Henley Business School > Real Estate and Planning
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